Lighting up the home is a very important thing to do as it helps in setting the mood and décor of the house. A well lit, cheerful home gives an air of happiness to the house while a badly lit one can cause dark moods and depression.
Here are eight ways you can go about making the right decisions when it comes to choosing the proper lighting for your home.
1) Buy energy saving bulbs.
LEDs and CFLs are the prime options to go for when trying to minimize the energy consumption of the bulbs used to light your house. They can be more expensive than other options but over time they more than pay back the money you invested in buying them through what you will save on energy bills. LEDs and CFLs bulbs are not just energy efficient, they are durable as well.
2) Put Safety First.
Always ensure the house is well lit to avoid preventable accidents. Make sure that all the halls and stairways in the house are properly lit and switches are installed at either ends of them. You should also take into consideration the proper spacing of the lightings to give you maximum illumination using the minimal number of bulb fixtures.
Another thing to note is the lighting need of the people that will be staying in the house. Elderly people need brighter lights to see and move around than younger people.
3) Take into account the purpose of the lighting.
Could it be activity, accent or ambient? Activity lighting provides light so a person can see what they’re doing while working or reading. An office at home, for example, will have lights focused on the desk. Activity lighting needs to be brighter than the surrounding lighting as a way to focus the light on the task area. It also needs to be near the work area. A desk light fixture is a typical kind of task lighting. Accentuate lighting is employed to focus on something being displayed like artwork. The fixtures producing accent lighting are typically unobtrusive. Ambient or standard lighting serves as a room’s “natural light” and fills the complete room. Fittings that provide ambient lighting can be unobtrusive or decorative, like a hanging light fitting.
4) Take notice of the kitchen.
The kitchen is usually the most bustling part of the house. People prepare their dishes there, and they often gather there to interact socially. Some people browse the newspaper in the kitchen, while other people help their kids with their home work there. Thus, when considering lighting for the kitchen, think about all the activities that take place there. Tasks like cooking food or doing homework, need strong lighting. Use the brightest bulbs for areas devoted to specific jobs.
5) Check the suitability between bulbs and special switches like dimmers or three-way switches.
According to ShopLED Lights, dimmer switches designed to work with traditional incandescent bulbs do not work together with CFL or LED bulbs. People who want to use dimmers with the LED lights, more environmentally friendly bulbs will need to install dimmer switches that are compatible with them. Such dimmer switches will be labeled accordingly. A large number of manufacturers of dimmer fuses keep lists of light bulbs that are compatible with their products; inquire further for their recommendations. Three-way switches also need compatible light bulbs.
6) Make sure there are enough switches in a room.
Having only one switch controlling all the lights in an area forces the home-owner into an all-or-nothing proposition. It can be much easier to save money and energy if there are a lot switches in a room manipulating the lighting. Fixtures used for activity lighting especially should come with their own switches ,so they can be turned off after being used.
7) Choose the fixtures wisely.
There is a vast array of light fixtures to choose from: chandeliers, recessed lighting, track lighting, table lighting fixtures and so on. The dimensions of the room will be an important consideration. For example, a huge chandelier in a tiny room will over illuminate it. Contemplate the other contents within the room. An armchair where a person likes to sit and read should have a lamp nearby, for example.
8) Avoid dark lampshades.
Dark lampshades defeat the objective of having a light in the first place. A dark lamp-shade can block as much as 80 percent of the sunshine being produced. If possible, get fittings with clear lenses.